Facebook reconsidering labeling Diamond and Silk ‘unsafe,’ but the damage has been done

Facebook reconsidering labeling Diamond and Silk ‘unsafe,’ but the damage has been done
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As noted here earlier, Facebook has announced it is reconsidering its earlier decree that Diamond and Silk’s pro-Trump page was “unsafe the community.” The decision wasn’t entirely internal to the social media leviathan, which has been feeling considerable pressure from the Right ever since the absurd edict was passed.

On Sunday, Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson appeared on “Fox & Friends,” where they said they had provided with no reason why their videos were labeled as unsafe.

“They gave us no rationale,” the sisters said. … “The only thing they told us is that we are unsafe for the community. We are two women of color, how are we unsafe? We don’t sell drugs, we don’t belong to no gangs. It’s offensive, it’s appalling, it taints our brand. Why are you censoring two black women? Why are you not allowing our viewers to view our content?”

The social media stars added that the labeling started seven months ago, when they “noticed that there was a pause on our page, one day we were doing good and then it just dropped. People were not receiving notifications, our posts were not showing up on their feed.”

In any case, on Monday a spokesman for Facebook told Fox News:

We have communicated directly with Diamond And Silk about this issue. The message they received last week was inaccurate and not reflective of the way we communicate with our community and the people who run Pages on our platform. We have provided them with more information about our policies and the tools that are applicable to their Page and look forward to the opportunity to speak with them.

The statement may come as news to the two ladies, who insist they have heard nothing from Facebook.

“Let us be clear;  has NOT communicated directly with . We haven’t spoken to Mark Zuckerberg or any representative from Facebook,” they said on Twitter.

It seems as though this latest move by Facebook is a mere public-relations ploy intended to provide cover as CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before Congress. An online protest, dubbed “Faceblock,” asks users of the site to boycott Facebook on April 11, the day Zuckerberg will testify.

In the last analysis, this episode rips the mask off and the social media site, which has finally exposed itself for what many have said it really is — a far-left echo chamber engaged in an effort to silence conservative voices.

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Joe Newby

Joe Newby

Joe Newby is an IT professional. He has written for Conservative Firing Line, Examiner, NewsBusters, and Spokane Faith and Values.


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